Posted August 14, 2015on:
Amnesia is one of the most popular plot devices in fiction. It can wipe away history in a couple of paragraphs – clean, convenient, and efficient. Jason Bourne or the Drew Barrymore character in 50 First Dates provided an entertaining catalyst for manipulating the story line.
The limitation of amnesia is that it doesn’t erase the memories of everyone. In real life, the impact of amnesia and brainwashing can lead to disastrous results. Just ask Tania, the urban guerrilla, who was first known as Patty Hearst before her unfortunate forced conscription in the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Our friend Jeb! seems to be suffering from a rather colossal case of amnesia. Tuesday night at the Reagan Library (where better to be kissed by the amnesia fairy) Jeb! decided to go full monty on the Iraq War and ISIS. Given the severity of the amnesia, it appears Jeb! might be gunning for an endorsement deal from Aricept or Namenda because he doesn’t seem to be at all hindered by reality brought to you by the capital letter ‘R’.
The whole premise of Jeb!’s speech — that brother Dubya’s war strategy was brilliant, while Obama’s foreign policy created the Islamic State — is so convoluted it defies logic. That is, it defies logic unless you season it with a heaping helping of amnesia.
First of all, The Islamic State is the successor organization to al-Qaida’s Iraqi affiliate, which formed shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2003. The very same invasion we were lied into through an orchestrated symphony of deception by that great conductor of such things Dick “Rotmymanhoodoff” Cheney.
Furthermore, Jeb!’s account of the withdrawal as a “case of blind haste” omitted the fact that it was brother Dubya who had set the withdrawal date of 2011 in an agreement he signed in 2008 with the Iranian muppet, Nouri al-Maliki. By 2011 it wasn’t like we had just gotten there, we had been in Iraq since May 2003 – 2003 when flip phones were the rage and Bruce Jenner was best known for being an Olympian.
When Obama and Hillary took office in 2009 they had few, if any, good options. In the simplest terms, if a railroad engineer causes a train wreck, you don’t blame the folks who come afterward to fix the tracks. Jeb! in his decidedly finite wisdom wants to blame the track-fixers instead of the reckless, errant engineer.
ISIS grew from the terrorist faction al-Qaida in Iraq. And where did AQI come from you ask? AQI simply didn’t exist before the 2003 U.S. invasion. In addition, the ill-advised disbanding of the Iraqi military in 2003 led to a fracturing of the country which eventually fomented into former Sunni members of the military forming insurgent groups later coalescing into ISIS.
So Jeb!’s attempt at rehabilitating the failed Bush legacy of perhaps a half million lives lost and a wasted Two Trillion Dollars is quite a heavy lift. In explaining such amnesia inspired endeavors, Dean Koontz wrote, “When my wits fail me, I resort to self-deception.” He presciently wrote those words in a book entitled Brother Odd, so in the case of the Bush boys, I have three thoughts:
2. I have absolutely no idea which one could be characterized as having “wits”; and
3. Self-deception seems to be a well-worn, time-honored Bush family tradition.
Take the conversation in any direction you might like and don’t forget to have a great weekend.
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